Governor Gretchen Whitmer will give final consideration of changes to right to work and prevailing wage after the legislature gave its final stamp of approval this week. Each chamber voted to approve changes to its bills made by the other chamber. Two of the bills repeal Michigan’s right-to-work law implemented in 2012 during the Snyder administration and two reinstate the prevailing wage laws repealed in 2018. Under the proposal, all workers on contracts to build roads, bridges, and schools, must be paid the prevailing wage in the area where the project occurs. Those opposed to the changes state concern over the business environment and the additional costs that would occur. While those in favor, believe this will make the union process fairer and ensures workers receive a fair wage on state projects.
The package will be presented to the governor for her consideration. She is expected to sign them within the next week. Due to a lack of support amongst the Republican caucus, the bills did not receive immediate effect. They are expected to go into effect by April 2024.